2 thoughts on “What is the Investment That Never Fails?

  • April 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I have spent my life nurturing my relationships….my teacher who died at age 97…..amazing woman….played piano for silent films and made such an impact on everyone who had her for a teacher…I dedicated my book, Sanctuary of the Soul…..to her. I shall always miss her. She coined the term, “fairy-child” for me…and said that there was some of the fairy-child in her also and then stated….”let’s just keep on doing that….to the grave!”

    My friends and family know how much I love them…I am always telling them.

    My son just got married, and for the first time in my life my whole family was together…….I had a dinner, and got up and started doing the dishes……I said with such passion:

    “This is the best day of my whole life”!! I thought later on kind of foolish…but my sister thought it was cute.

    The song I chose for my dance with my son was “Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong)….what I did not know is that it was my teacher’s favorite song and it was played at her funeral along with a video.

    I live always knowing every second could be our last, and so I cherish and treasure my friends and family.

    I am passionate (dancer, singer, author) about love and life, and even after a lifetime of abuse (xcept for 3 years in the army)…..I just keep on.

    I am blessed to have Elie Wiesel, Wayne Dyer, Nikki Giovanni, Drs. Alice Miller, Larry Dossey, et al….endorse my book, Sanctuary of the Soul…and am amazed and humbled by that.

    I am blessed to have found a way to make the ‘ashes” of my life into something positive.

    Because of what i wrote about my life, I won a scholarship and am in school at age 64 as a freshman.

    i believe we are here to make a difference in the world and am determined to do that.

    I consider my life a success because of who I have loved…….and who has loved me.

    (As an aside); Grew up in poverty (no phone, car, refrigerator, bathtub/shower) in a 120-year old tenement house with cockroaches and rats, snow which came in through a crack in the wall (indoor olympics, LOL)….violent mother, no father around and abuse …physical and emotional……molested by a drunken neighbor while asleep (didn’t know who it was), had my hand held over an open stove fire by another drunken neighbor……..

    Joined the army right out of high school, from a little town in Maine (innocent as a 5 year old) to San Francisco, at the height of the Vietnam War……”married” the original abuser (mother) and tried to fix the past…….divorce after 31 years of abuse, and then a church who voted me out of membership, with my name up on a big screen, followed by the words, “Conduct Unbecoming a Child of God.”

    Very long story; didn’t mean to write a whole book here….but I was on a roll, LOL, LOL

    Smiles, Alicia

  • April 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I just can’t do this kind of gratitude exercise. Oprah ruined it for me. It doesn’t work.


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